Lab Days Enrich Learning During Marking Period One
During the Marking Period 1 Lab Days, Science classes certainly made great use of the extended time by conducting chemistry labs, physics demonstrations, taking nature walks to identify trees and fungi, and releasing trout into a local stream. Students in Art classes enjoyed deeply focusing on their work during the prolonged studio session. Budding engineers in Robotics class set their first robots in motion in Grier’s newly renovated IT Corridor. Acting students used the time to practice stage make-up techniques. The variation in the daily schedule didn’t hinder students taking private voice and music lessons. Learning Skills teachers used the longer period as an opportunity to prepare their students for upcoming tests and projects, getting the students organized and teaching study techniques. These are just some examples of the many interesting and beneficial ways teachers opt to use their extended periods.
Lab Days are excellent opportunities for special projects and learning experiences in the classrooms. Lab Days double the length of class periods and span two academic days each marking period. These days earned their moniker because they originally allowed science classes to complete the longer format lab experiments. While the Science Department certainly continues to use the days for this purpose, other departments and teachers use these days in a variety of ways.